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  1. Abramsky Splits With BBC

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jenny Abramsky, director of audio and music for the BBC, is leaving the Corporation this summer after nearly 40 years' service. Abramsky will take up the role as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which distributes U.K. lottery cash to worth ...

  2. BBC Launches Free Radiohead Download

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC is offering an exclusive free Radiohead download from the alternative rockers' matinee performance yesterday for the Corporation. For the next seven days, visitors to the state broadcaster's Website can download the live version ...

  3. CBS, Last.fm Merge Radio Resources

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CBS Radio and Last.fm, both owned by CBS Corp, have teamed up for closer collaboration on their respective radio initiatives. Under the agreement, CBS Radio will stream all its stations to Last.fm's U.S. users. This includes KROQ in Los Angel ...

  4. Kanye Joins Lil Wayne On 'Tha Carter III'

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West has joined the roster of contributors to Lil Wayne's long-in-the-works album "Tha Carter III," tentatively due in May via Cash Money/Universal. The rapper broke the news this week during an interview with BBC Radio DJ Sem ...

  5. HBO Readies 'Ladies' Detective Agency'

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT HBO will air "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," directed by Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella and starring Jill Scott, and will then expand the two-hour film into a TV series with 13 additional one-hour episodes. Based on th ...

  6. Web Drama Links With BBC Radio 1

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST An online interactive drama on social networking site Bebo is partnering with the BBC's Top 40 network Radio 1 on an episode that will feature British pop-rock trio Scouting For Girls. The east London-based interactive drama, "KateModern ...

  7. VH1 To Air Rock Hall Ceremony

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST VH1 Classic will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live from New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST. In addition, the ceremony simultaneously will air on MTV Networks' MHD: Music High-Definition ...

  8. Last.fm Promotes Web Widgets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm has begun promoting the various Web sites and other online services that use its free music streaming feature via a section of the site called Build.last.fm . The section organizes and showcases the various Last.fm widgets and applications ...

  9. Super Extra Bonus Party Win Irish Prize

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Super Extra Bonus Party were the surprise winners of this year's Choice Music Prize, Ireland's equivalent of the U.K.'s Mercury Prize. The dance/rock collective won the award -- now in its third year -- for their self-titled album, ...

  10. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  11. Billboard Goes Backstage At The Grammys

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST News and notes from backstage at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Amy Winehouse and Kanye West were the big winners, with five and four awards, respectively. —An ebullient Herbie Hancock was thrille ...

  12. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  13. Woolworths Sales Drop In U.K.

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. retailer Woolworths has admitted to a "very challenging" Christmas, reporting a like-for-like sales dip at its 800-strong chain of 3.2% in the 49 weeks ending Jan 12, 2008, compared with the same period in the previous financial yea ...

  14. 'X Factor' Dominates Christmas U.K. Pop Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "X Factor" notched up a Christmas pop chart double on Sunday, with this year's winner of the TV talent show taking the coveted number one single spot and last year's victor notching up the best-selling album. As expected, S ...

  15. Mandela Confirms 46664 Concerts For 2008

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign will host two concerts in 2008. The former South African president made the announcement Saturday (Dec. 1) when he appeared on-stage at the 46664 music event at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. The first ...

  16. Ricall Hires Razzano To Lead U.S. Plans

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ricall is expanding into the United States. The online music marketplace has appointed Ed Razzano to lead the new stateside operations as VP of business development. Razzano, until recently senior director of film and TV licensing for BMG Music Pu ...

  17. Leona Lewis Holds Steady On U.K. Charts

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Syco Music/Sony BMG vocalist Leona Lewis continued her reign over the U.K. sales charts yesterday as her debut, "Spirit," started a second week as Britain's best-selling album and "Bleeding Love" headed up the singles surv ...

  18. Austria Exits ESC In Block-Vote Protest

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Austria will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade in May 2008, as broadcasting chiefs say the public voting is based on regional loyalties rather than the quality of the compositions. "The song contest reflects negative ...

  19. Celine Takes 'Chances' To The Top In Europe

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" (Columbia) debuts in pole position on Top 100 Albums and "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbala ...

  20. U.K.'s DCMS Prepares For A Digital Radio Future

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport has established a taskforce to assist in the nationwide transition from analog to digital radio. The Digital Radio Working Group will comprise key stakeholders including Ofcom, Brit ...

  21. Bebo Opens Virtual Doors To Media Groups

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bebo is tuning in to a new cross-promotional platform, Open Media, which enables media groups to feed content into the youth-oriented social networking service's user-base. Each content partner on Open Media can create a channel through Bebo, ...

  22. Dion Plays London Club Date

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Dion, the veteran rock 'n' roller who struck hits in the 1960s "Runaround Sue" and "Wanderer," is to play his first U.K. gig on Thursday (Nov. 8) to promote his latest album "Son of Skip James". The concert ...

  23. U.K.'s OCC Launches New Chart

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ronson's new single "Valerie" (Columbia), featuring Amy Winehouse on vocals, is the first No. 1 on a new official U.K. black music chart launched this week. British charts compilers the Official U.K. Charts Company has establis ...

  24. Hands Rebuilds EMI Team With Hodgkinson Appointment

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group chairman Guy Hands has recruited Mark Hodgkinson, former CEO of personal finance firm Virgin Money, to the London-based major's investor and music management boards. With immediate effect, Hodgkinson becomes EMI Music consumer devel ...

  25. Former BBC Chief Takes EMI Role

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former BBC director general John Birt has joined the supervisory board of EMI Group, with immediate effect. The board is chaired by Guy Hands, CEO of the music major's new owners, the Terra Firma equity house. In a statement issued today, Ter ...

  26. Klaxons Win Nationwide Mercury Prize

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Klaxons have won the Nationwide Mercury Prize, the annual occasion, which celebrates the best albums of the year recorded by British and Irish artists. The act's debut set "Myths of the Near Future" (Rinse/Polydor) was named the ...

  27. Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs Lord It Over Proms

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BBC today revealed the first names among the 80 acts that will be performing at the second Electric Proms festival in London. DJ and remixer Mark Ronson and Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed for this year's Electric Proms, whic ...

  28. Jamelia Eyes-Up Acting, Modeling Roles

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British pop star Jamelia is pursuing a busy schedule of branding activities and acting roles as she readies the next phase of her career, Billboard.biz has learned. The artist, who is currently without a record deal after separating in April with ...

  29. Trinity Universal Holdings Gets Investment Boost

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ingenious Media Active Capital (IMAC) is investing up to £5 million ($10.2 million US) in U.K.-based Trinity Universal Holdings Limited, a digital media marketing service provider for the music industry. Trinity develops interactive social network ...

  30. Channel 4 Consortium Wins U.K. DAB License

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A consortium led by Channel 4, the U.K. media group that operates one of the country's leading commercial TV networks, has won the license for the country's second national commercial digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio multiplex. Med ...

  31. Bestival Label Goes Green

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The label arm of Bestival, the U.K. dance and electronic-music festival, will produce only environmentally-friendly CDs from now on. The label, Sunday Best Recordings, is preparing to release two "carbon neutral" albums ahead of this yea ...

  32. Diana Concert Viewers Boost U.K. Sales

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record-breaking number of TV viewers that watched last weekend's "Concert for Diana," have boosted U.K. music sales this week. According to official TV ratings, a staggering peak of 14.8 million viewers tuned in to watch BBC cov ...

  33. New Chairman For Sacem

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Laurent Petitgirard, the eminent French classical composer/conductor, has been appointed the new chairman of the board at Sacem, France's authors' collecting rights society. Also known for his symphonies and movie soundtracks, Petitgirar ...

  34. Island Plans Release Party For Marley's 'Exodus'

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley is to posthumously make history by becoming the first artist to release a full album on the USB Memory Stick format in Britain. Marley's longtime label home Island Records will issue the reggae star's legendary 1977 album &quo ...

  35. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  36. Pink Floyd Members Appear At Barrett Tribute

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The surviving members of Pink Floyd took part in a tribute concert last night to pay respect to their former frontman, Roger "Syd" Barrett. Guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright all ...

  37. Managers, Producers Lauded At MMF Gala

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hot record producer Mark Ronson and former Pink Floyd managers Peter and Sumi Jenner were among the executives feted last night during the Music Managers Forum Roll of Honour gala, held at London's Hilton Hotel. A New York City-based Brit, Ro ...

  38. Live Earth Ticket Demand 'Overwhelming'

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tickets to the U.K. leg of this summer's Live Earth spectacular have been well over-subscribed, organizers said today. Roughly 203,000 concert-goers had registered for tickets to the July 7 environment-awareness concert at London's new W ...

  39. Live Earth Line-Up Takes Shape

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Foo Fighters were today confirmed for the U.K. leg of "Live Earth -- The Concert For A Climate In Crisis," which will take place across the globe on July 7. Also named to the bill for the ...

  40. PPL Ink Podcast Deal

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd., the collecting society for the U.K.'s record labels and performers, has clinched a groundbreaking agreement with Britain's commercial radio stations, to allow recorded music to be downloaded with radio prog ...

  41. Furtado And Timberlake Dominate Euro Charts

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unchanged top two on European Top 100 Albums, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week ahead of Simply Red's "Stay" (simplyred.com). Justin Timberlake's "What G ...

  42. Study: U.K. Arena Attendance, Ticket Sales Up

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The leading U.K. arenas recorded an 11% hike in the number of visitors for all events in 2006 to 8.3 million, with the number of ticket sales for music events jumping 11% to 5.9 million and accounting for 71% of the total attendance. The study, by ...

  43. Hazarika Joins EMI Group

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group U.K. has appointed Ayesha Hazarika as VP, industry and government affairs, reporting to Victoria Bassetti, EMI's senior VP of government relations. The former chief press secretary to Patricia Hewitt, U.K. Secretary of State for Tra ...

  44. Snow Patrol, Ash Weigh-In For Belfast Music Project

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Members of alternative rockers Snow Patrol and Ash are throwing their support behind plans to create a dedicated music center in their homeland, Northern Ireland. Snow Patrol's frontman Gary Lightbody and Ash's lead singer Tim Wheeler ar ...

  45. MTV's Guild, Gambino Exit

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST MTV's European and U.K. networks have waved goodbye to two key London-based executives. Simon Guild, president and chief executive of MTV Networks Europe, and Angel Gambino, MTV Networks U.K. and Ireland's chief digital executive, have s ...

  46. UK Conference Aims To Boost Music Education

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli, legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, renowned British folk musician Martin Carthy, and Mercury Prize-nominated jazz/rap artist Soweto Kinch are among the industry luminaries participating in a London ...

  47. Dutch Seminar Tunes Into European Radio's Future

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The fate of Europe's music-radio broadcasters will be a key theme at the Noorderslag Seminar, taking place during the Noorderslag Weekend music event in the Dutch city of Groningen on Jan. 11-13. The impact of digital platforms and emerging n ...

  48. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent previously recorded six albums on U.K. label Candid Records. She also featured on "The Lyric" (Token), the album released in 2005 by her husba ...

  49. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent's new album will be recorded next spring in London, where she lives, and is due out in September 2007. Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz sing ...

  50. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent's new album will be recorded next spring in London, where she lives, and is due out in September 2007. Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz sing ...

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